A father of four is hoping for a Christmas miracle after losing his wedding ring during the annual family tree-cutting trip.
Andrew Blackmore, his wife and children trooped down to the H & M Christmas Tree Farm on Steveston Highway last Saturday to pick and chop down their festive tree.
Like the previous two years, the Blackmores, who immigrated from Ireland, picked their tree, sawed it down and took it home to decorate.
But it was only later that night, that Blackmore noticed his gold wedding band was missing and quickly realized it must have slid off during the tree-cutting.
“I went back down there the next morning in the vain hope that someone had handed in the ring,” he said.
“The staff there said “yes, someone found it just 15 minutes ago this morning.”
The woman who amazingly found the ring wanted to re-unite it with its owner herself and left H & M her phone number and name.
However, when Blackmore eventually got someone to answer the number, it turned out to be a security guard at a Surrey biotech firm.
“The man on the phone knows nothing about this,” said a disappointed Blackmore.
“And the only name that was left by the woman at the farm sounds like Kershn.
“It’s a gold wedding band with and Irish watermark and I’d love to get it back for obvious reasons.”
Blackmore said he’d be willing to make a donation to the charity of the person’s choice, if he can get it back.
Mara Gagnon, who runs the farm with her husband, said it was “such a baffling story.”
“The woman who brought the ring to the counter was here to cut down her own tree. It was a miracle she even found the ring; it’s like finding a needle in a haystack,” said Gagnon.
“We offered to put it in the lost and found, but I think she wanted to give it back herself and left her number.
“If she wanted to keep it for herself, I doubt she’d have told us she found it, so it does seem odd that the phone number is wrong. Maybe it was written down wrong?”
If you were the woman who found the ring, Blackmore would love to hear from you. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.